If you noticed that I’d been a bit remiss in posting this afternoon, this is because while working at my computer today, my 3 year old rescue Standard Poodle, Charcoal, made it known that something was terribly wrong. By the time I caught on, he was practically driving me to the Veterinarian himself.
Abandoning a well-planned afternoon, I raced to Stamen Animal Hospital, where he was stabilized by Dr. Maria Violi, pronounced to be in shock and X-Rayed to reveal a twisted stomach, gastric dilation volvulus, or bloat.
I gathered my children, returned to the vet, and we were warned to expect the worst. Because surgery was required and 24 hour monitoring was best, we got him to the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, one of the best animal emergency surgical facilities anywhere.
Please put their phone number in your address book, PDA or iPhone and on the fridge.
Charcoal remains there tonight. He’ll be there for several days. And what I learned is the dogs most at risk for developing this are Standard Poodles, Wolfhounds, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, Saint Bernards, Malamutes, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, and Akitas. Generally, any dog that is of a large breed and has a deep chest has an increased risk of developing bloat.
Write down the number and hug your dog for me.
Animal Specialty Center 9 Odell Plaza Yonkers, NY (914) 457-4000 Off Executive Blvd. exit on the Saw Mill.